BOSTON — “In the heart of Boston, there is a fantastic and creative little park…The features of the park are, simply put, works of art…the shape-changing split dodecahedron, like memory is constantly changing… a living piece of art, celebrating life…the embodiment of living memory…” as Wanderlust Americana describes Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway.
To herald the beginning of spring, on Sunday, April 8 beginning at 7:30 a.m., a crane will lift and pull apart the two halves of the Park’s Abstract Sculpture, a split rhomboid dodecahedron made of steel and aluminum and reconfigure the two halves to create a new sculptural shape. This annual reconfiguration is symbolic of all who pulled away from their country of origin and came to these Massachusetts shores, establishing themselves in new and different ways. “The Abstract Sculpture shows how public art becomes a part of the city…an example of public art that is both permanent and alive,” wrote Joanna Weiss in the Boston Globe.
The Park’s Charles and Doreen Bilezikian Endowed Fund supports the annual reconfiguration.
A&A Industries, Anahid and Aurelian Mardiros, fabricated the Abstract Sculpture, their generous gift-in-kind. The rain date for reconfiguration is April 15.
The Abstract Sculpture sits atop a Reflecting Pool with its etched inscription read even by those just passing through. “The Abstract Sculpture is dedicated to lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 and all genocides that have followed” one reads also that the Park and its endowed funds is a gift from Armenian-Americans to the City of Boston and the Commonwealth.